All that to say that I rarely hear about what is going on in the world, unless I check out news sites and stuff like that. I don't do it often. But as I was looking at a story suggested by friends, two others jumped out to me and I felt the Lord asking me to watch them. It is so funny because I didn't set out to read about these stories, God brought me there.
The first story I came upon was shocking to me. I was looking up the headline story for the 3 boys in Israel who were murdered, as we have friends in Israel and have been told to pray for them. I watched the news about it and on the side column, another story caught my attention. I don't know how you will feel about this, but it nearly took all the blood out of my head and I felt as if I weighed as much as a Sequoia tree. The article was about Baby Hatches in China. I clicked on the news clip and couldn't believe what I was watching. It talked about these little one room "hatches" that the communistic country arranged to have to perhaps help and alleviate with the abandoning and murders that were happening. Parents were trying to get rid of their unwanted babies and the issue now arouse that they were finding bodies. Babies and children's bodies being dumped. They wanted a more "humane" way of allowing parents to get rid of their child, so the government introduced these one room pods that had an incubator in it and a button the person bringing in the child could push, to alarm the orphanage workers that another child had been dropped off. No questions asked, the parents would slip away into the day or night. They believed their child would be taken care of and that the government would supply the needs of the disability. I watched one clip of a Mom and Dad who had dropped off their little baby who had down syndrome amongst other issues. They were poor and had no money for her treatments. It was so hard for them, they explained, but they couldn't afford the medical bills. They brought their daughter there and then 12 hours later she died. The hatch was closed, but no one told them, she died alone in a hutch that no one was checking on. They also reported in the clip that someone drove by without even stopping and threw a child out of the car onto the side of the road.
My heart was devastated after I read this on so many levels. Firstly, my heart hurt for the unwanted children. Deeply deeply, and even deeper. I throbbed when I saw some of their faces in the video. Then my grief deepened into a urgency for Jesus to COME BACK. How much more evil can man get? But it is just the lack of respect, love and care that truly just boggles my mind. Their government is therefore creating a problem even in itself with this. It is like an alcoholic or a druggie that they are enabling the sin and the consequences. They enable these parents to not take responsibility, they enable them to give up. It just seems like a cycle of selfishness. That one can decide another person isn't good and needs to be thrown out simply because she or he is differently abled? I could vomit. It is not true. There is a Truth here, a standard and that is the Lord. This situation is a deep spider web of mess. That our world has come to something like this is not too surprising, but it still hurts, and as I watched I half way felt like I was watching a fiction movie. It just seems so unreal. I know people may be in a situation that they feel like it is the only way to get the child help, but it still doesn't align with how God originally made His world, and that is why my heart grieves so. Because we are SOOOOOO incredibly far from where God had originally set us and I wonder. I sit and wonder so much about just how far away we are. I think of Sodom and Gomorrah and how not even one faithful person remained. How are we doing in that? Not even in our city.....but our world? Oh God! Give me the passion to fix my eyes on You completely. Do not let me get caught up with the affairs of this world.
"No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer."
2 Timothy 2:4
My second stumbling story is not as intense, well not in that way. It is intense because it is simply and utterly BEAUTIFUL. I sat there and just soaked it all in. This will not only impress you, but will bless your heart. In college I was in the traveling singing group called "The Light." We traveled from Texas all the way to California to spread the word of God, encourage High School kids and then also introduce them to ACU. I enjoyed it as I was singing a lot in High School, lead worship and sang special music a lot in church. It was something my heart knew how to do, and it brought me instantly to the Lord, His throne room and His Love. Singing in worship, the notes are not really notes, they are stairs labeled with words, that lead you up and up and up into the throne room of Jesus Himself. It is powerful. That is another reason we have to decided to be very careful of what music is played in our house and cars. Music can penetrate any shell, it goes for the heart, unwinds in the soul and shouts from our spirits. What we allow in in that place filters within us like our blood does, it affects every part of us whether we realize it or not. It is a very dangerous weapon, music is. A very very dangerous weapon, and that is why the *nemy works really hard to pervert it. Don't allow anything besides Christian music into your life, you wont regret it at all. Anyway, the singing group I was in was an acapella group consisting of 4 girls and 4 boys. We practiced 2 times a week, and mostly every weekend, we traveled together and worshipped. I was the youngest auditioner ever to have been chosen for the group. Being just a Freshmen, I felt so happy and knew the Lord had a plan for me in "the Light." So the tones, notes, flow and pitches, dissonance, and worship of voices working together to honor God is so dear to my heart.
So the other day the old hymn "I Need Thee every Hour" popped into my mind and I just had to listen to it right then. It was going to be my weapon against the attacks I felt that day. I simply plugged the words into "GOOGLE" hit the "search" button and up popped the video I included here below. I was BLOWN AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't even move. I was frozen the entire time I listened, in complete awe of the beautiful voice of every single one of him (you will understand when you see it) and the way he was able to sing this. It touched me as well that it must have taken a good part of an entire day to record something like that and how "literally" every hour he sang "I need Thee!" You will be blessed. Turn up your speakers! You will want to hear this one loud!!!!
SO AMAZING! PRAISE YOU JESUS!
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